THREE FROM ABOVE Theirs is a brand of explosive and high energy Alternative rock. Shows are dynamic, passionate and a more than a little sweaty. 3FA draw huge influences from Talking Heads, Biffy Clyro, The Clash and Nirvana. The band combine earnest lyrical content with punchy, melodic hooks that are uniquely complemented by edgy guitar riffs.
THE DESERT The four piece are now creating a bit of a buzz well outside their hometown of Bristol. They blend elements of ambient electronica, trip-hop, late night Jazz, Urban folk and cinematic soundscapes to a mix that will captivate any audience.
JETSAM Fresh from a whirlwind year playing with ‘Whyte Horses’ and ‘She Drew The Gun’, Liverpool based songwriter/producer Lucy Styles kicks off 2019 with her new project: JETSAM. Through her use of loops, guitar pedals and harmonies, Lucy creates her own unique brand of dark, melodic pop.
Our first Screening of 2019 and its a belter. The top 6 episodes of the iconic programme plus a Quiz.
Liverpool Acoustic Live's 10th anniversary show welcomes back popular bluesman Raphael Callaghan.
Support is from local duo Geoghegan Jackson launching their new EP, plus opening sets from the two winners of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2018, and Liverpool Acoustic's Derek King, Stuart Todd and Graham Holland.
Psych rockers HOLY BOUNCER (Barcelona) make their eagerly awaited return to Liverpool, after storming Liverpool Sound City festival in 2018. These Primavera Festival favourites really do put on a great show!
"...a blur of high kicking, bongo bashing and muscly riffs. We’re coaxed into crouching down for a drum solo and later asked to supply weed in exchange for an encore...we really do want more." Buzz Magazine review
Support comes from Thee Lucifer Sams + Strange Collective + Secrect Act TBA.
The Singing Wren is back at 81 with a line up of some specially selected guests. Music, poetry, comedy or anything else is very welcome. BEIRUT is our artist of the month so we’ll be encouraging any performances of their music or related projects although there is no obligation to do so! There will be: an electric piano, a Juno synthesizer, a left handed electro acoustic guitar, a right handed electric guitar and a right handed bass. You’d be welcome to use any of this gear or bring your own. Starts at 7.30pm we hope to see you there!
The Black Feathers, Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, spent the last 4 months of 2018 on a highly successful, 32 date tour of the United States. Barely are we into 2019 and they're off again with a tour of Ireland and the UK. Together, Ray and Sian, have the ability to weave traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations. Hence their songs sound both modern and yet soaked in the inspiration of generations.
"Absolutely wonderful" - Whispering Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)
In support we have Vanessa Murray and Daniel Saleh, aka White Little Lies. Vanessa and Daniel have been gaining acclaim around Merseyside with stunning performances of their beautiful self-penned songs in which they use their voices and harmonies to amazing effect.
A rare opportunity to see two of the best Americana songwriters in the UK.
f we lived in a just world, Peter Bruntnell would by now be in the middle of his third or fourth global arena tour, his biggest worry working out how to courier his latest armful of Grammy awards back to the UK so his butler could have them installed in the west wing of mansion by the time he got home. Instead, the Kingston upon Thames-based, Devon-raised, New Zealand-born singer-songwriter spent February playing a tour of venues that included the front room of a terraced house. His new album, Nos Da Comrade, features lead single Mr Sunshine, a rollicking deconstruction of a certain US presidential candidate and a golf course that destroyed a Scottish fishing community. The ninth album of an uncommonly excellent recording career, it will be released – alas, all too fittingly – on April Fools’ Day.
Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool – having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Awardfrom “Whispering” Bob Harris in 2016 and UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018.
Henry Priestman has chosen to return to 81 Renshaw to celebrate his 5 decades in Music. From those early heady days with the Yachts, chart success with It's Immaterial, global recognition with The Christians and onto his more recent solo work.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to catch Henry and the band playing songs from his entire back catalogue.
In 2009, Henry (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s, and Yachts’ songs in the 70’s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” to critical acclaim and airplay, and singles from the album (including “Grey’s The New Blonde”) made it onto the Radio 2 playlist. 2014 saw the release of Henry’s 2nd album “The Last Mad Surge of Youth”on Proper Records, which garnered Henry the best reviews he’s had in 37 years of releasing records.
David returns to 81 following his well recieved show last year. He will be playing a lot of songs from latest album as well as some old favourites.
P-W-Y-F and a £3 donation will help to cover the costs. If you can't afford anything that is fine, please come anyway. If in the future you have some money, then spend some on an independent musician somewhere. There will also be a collection bucket in the venue for those who want to give something on the day.
Midweek Music Club Liverpool bring the best in local emerging live artists and the February show is headlined by The Indica Gallery, Liverpool psychedelic indie rockers who stole the show when they played at MWMC Manchester in 2018 return with their new single “Wait for your Love”.
81 Favourites Seatbelts return to Launch there new EP ready to launch on the Worlds biggest Jukebox!
In his first full hometown gig in 2 years, Alun Parry and his band launch his brand new album Whatever Your Struggle.
Described by Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra. Fresh from supporting the legendary Hawkwind on there recent European tour, The Blackheart Orchestra now head out on there own headline tour of the Country. After 10 years of concert touring across the world, four acclaimed albums, appearances on Good Morning TV, Radio 2 and awards ranging from winning Best British Duo in the Exposure Music Awards to #4 Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s readers’ poll and then being nominated for The Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards, the unique Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019. The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Don't miss this fantastic, rare opportunity to see them play in such an intimate atmoshpere.
Klee's first event of the year at 81 and its a corker. Three great artists play 'in the round' with the Klee twist as each act takes it in turn to perform a song from each others catalogue.
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.
And we've got a whole day of him!!
Join us from 3pm for a screening of John's film 'Rock 'n' Roll Failure: Otway The Movie' followed by a Q&A finishing at 5.30pm.
Then from 7.30pm John will take to the stage for one of his trademark, high-energy, off the wall live shows.
Johnny Dowd is an American alternative country musician from Ithaca, New York. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humuor and the absurd in his work.
Although his early albums were most celebrated in the alternative country community, he has never quite fit into any particular genre. As a singer-songwriter, his music is most often compared to that of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Captain Beefheart.
Johnny’s new album, “Family Picnic” will be released March 1, 2019. As Dowd says himself: “I had to dig pretty deep for this one. Not sure how many more tunes I have in me. Tick tock.
Stanley Brinks Stanley started his musical career in as Andre Herman Dune in the trio 'Herman Düne'. He left in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and other collaborative projects. Since then he changed his name to Stanley Brinks and has released an enormous number of albums, most notably with Freschard and English rock band 'The Wave Pictures'.
Freschard Freschard grew up on a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. At 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune (who would later change his name to Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. 'Neon Orange'.